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EDISON – A groundbreaking was held for an affordable housing facility earmarked for residents 62 and over.
Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, and Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, were joined Feb. 25 by civic and community leaders at the groundbreaking for St. Paul the Apostle Senior Residence, according to a release.
The 42,788-square-foot facility, located at 635 Amboy Ave., will provide 42 affordable housing units and is expected to open in the fall, John Westervelt, president of Domus Corp., who served as emcee at the groundbreaking, said in the release.
Westervelt said there is a “much-needed” demand for affordable housing for seniors in New Jersey.
The facility will be built on the site of the now-demolished annex building formerly owned by Our Lady of Peace Parish.
In addition to the 41 one-bedroom and one two-bedroom units, the residence will contain an activity room, a community room that can be partitioned in half with a kitchen to support the rooms, management offices, a common laundry room with adjacent lounge, a large lobby and maintenance areas, Westervelt said.
Eligibility to live at St. Paul’s is based on income and other factors such as medical bills, so the rent per month might vary for each resident, he said.
Because federal funds will be used to build the facility, non-residents of New Jersey may apply, Westervelt said.
Based on experience with other Domus facilities, Westervelt said he expects most of the residents will be from Edison or surrounding communities.
The first 42 residents of St. Paul, which was named for Bishop Emeritus Paul G. Bootkoski, will be chosen by a lottery, Westervelt said. Applicants who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list.
Eleven of the units will be set aside for homeless senior citizens, according to Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, who also attended the event.
Anyone interested in applying to live at the Senior Residence should wait until at least June before calling Dan Ritchey at 973-743-2300, according to the release.
St. Paul the Apostle Senior Residence is a project between Domus Corp. and Metuchen Community Services Corp. (MCSC), an agency of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, the release said.
Domus serves as the housing development corporation on all permanent-housing initiatives for the Archdiocese of Newark. The Senior Residence is the 13th Domus project since the not-for-profit corporation was founded in 1995 and the first in Middlesex County. All individuals served by Domus’ facilities are considered low income by federal poverty standards, the release said.
Domus receives financial and administrative support from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, said Westervelt, who also serves as chief executive officer of that organization.
In his blessing, Checchio read Psalm 127 before he and others picked up shovels and donned hard hats for the groundbreaking.
“Whenever we look to the interest of our neighbor or the community and serve them, we are God’s own co-workers,” Checchio said. “Let us pray for his help, my brothers and sisters, that God will bring this construction project to a successful completion and that his protection will keep those who work on it safe from injury.”
Tobin extended his gratitude to the Diocese of Metuchen and all who made the project possible.
Westervelt said funding for the nearly $11 million project took four years to complete.
Every good project starts with a strong partnership, which included Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Federal Home Loan Bank, TD Bank, Enterprise Housing Credit Investors, LLC, and Community Preservation Corporation, he said.
Father Matthew R. Paratore, pastor, Our Lady of Peace Parish, said it is too early to predict how much spiritual and pastoral care residents of St. Paul will need. He said there will probably be some residents of St. Paul, who will want to receive communion and sacraments, he said.
St. Paul the Apostle Senior Residence will be managed by the Bloomfield-based Raymond P. Marzulli Co. Mt. Laurel-based Costanza Construction will build the facility, Westervelt said.
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